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Keystone opens all three mountains, holiday feasts as well

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KEYSTONE – More holiday travelers are expected to take to the skies, roads and slopes for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA, and that’s delicious news for Keystone and other ski and snowboard resorts around the country.

AAA estimates more than 38 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, a 2.7 percent increase from last year with mountain areas expected to see 8.3 percent of travelers.

“Thanksgiving’s the holiday known for carving – especially at Keystone where you can carve a turn on freshly groomed corduroy or carve into a scrumptious turkey dinner prepared by one of our award-winning chefs or do both,” said Patricia Campbell, Keystone’s new chief operating officer. “Keystone’s serving up a veritable feast of skiing and snowboarding for the Thanksgiving weekend. We’re opening all three mountains, a second base area, Keystone’s tubing hill, our Nordic Center and also offering skiing and riding until 9 p.m. this weekend. You’ll want to come back to Keystone for second or third helpings.”

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Located just 75 miles west of Denver and its international airport, Keystone opened earlier this month and plans to at least triple the amount of available terrain for Thanksgiving skiers and riders by opening all three mountains – Dercum, North Peak and The Outback.

To sweeten the pot, Keystone plans to turn on the night lights for sunset skiing and riding until 9 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday only (Nov. 22-26).

The resort’s A51 terrain park will serve up more treats – some of the only jumps in the country and a hearty helping of rails and boxes – for thankful holiday jibbers.

Blessed with bountiful natural snow, as well as one of the most high-tech snowmaking systems in the industry, Keystone has historically offered some of the best early-season snow conditions and event schedules. This year’s no different.

Keystone’s second base area, the Mountain House, will open during the day Wednesday – Sunday (Nov. 22-26) with lift access and skier services. On top of the mountain, Adventure Point tubing hill will open tomorrow for the season; reservations are required.

Keystone’s on-mountain restaurants, Der Fondue Chessel and the Alpenglow Stube, as well as the resort’s award-winning restaurants in the valley will serve turkey, mashed potatoes and all the fixings this weekend.

To work off that extra piece of pumpkin pie, make tracks to Keystone’s Nordic Center this weekend for snowshoe rentals and tours.

Or, plan to take part in Keystone’s holiday celebrations with the following activities and events:

Nov. 17-Dec. 22 The 36 Days of Chocolate. Keystone’s restaurants serve up chocolate treats and dishes and the Keystone Lodge spa offers a special chocolate facial to celebrate the resort’s 36th anniversary.

Nov. 23 Thanksgiving dinners at various Keystone restaurants. Call 970.496.4FUN for reservations or more information.

Dec. 1-2 The 36 Hours of Keystone and Demo Days. Keystone offers 36 nonstop hours of skiing, riding, music and celebrating.

Dec. 15 Chocolate Village. Chef Archibald sculpts 2,500 pounds of chocolate into a miniature alpine village that’s on display in the Keystone Lodge lobby through Jan. 2.

Dec. 24 Breakfast with Santa at the Keystone Lodge. Join Santa for pictures and then a yummy breakfast starting at 10 a.m. Call 970.496.4FUN for reservations.

Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Comedy night at the Lakeside Village and fireworks in River Run. Call 970.496.4FUN.

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